Sep 05, 2008
Terror Behind the Walls presented by LUKOIL, 2007
(Philadelphia, September 2007): The massive Eastern State Penitentiary “a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood” was once the most famous prison in the world. With stark towers and soaring fortress walls, Eastern State was designed to intimidate. It was home to such frightening characters as Al Capone and the flamboyant bank robber, “Slick” Willie Sutton, but stands today in ruin, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
This is the home one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious haunted attractions, Terror Behind the Walls, Presented by LUKOIL. The event has been ranked the nation's 5th best haunted by America Online, and called "perfect for Halloween" by The New York Times. It is currently in its 17th year.
The penitentiary will add a brand new attraction to the event for 2007: Lock Down will be the largest and most sophisticated design yet at the penitentiary. It incorporates custom-built animatronic props, high-tech lighting effects, and digital sound. The overall effect will create the illusion that walls of metal bars and cell doors are electrified.
Lock Down is the second new attraction introduced in the past two years. Night Watch, launched for the 2006 season, may be the world’s first haunted attraction that visitors explore with flashlights. There are a total of five separate haunted houses within the 11-acre prison complex. All five are included in one admission price. Advanced ticket sales begin on September 13 at the penitentiary box office, or online at www.easternstate.org/tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door on each evening of the event. Reservations are highly recommended for weekends in October. Group rates are available.
All proceeds from Terror Behind the Walls benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. The haunted attraction does not affect operation of the historic site, which remains open for daytime tours seven days a week. For more information, the public can visit the penitentiary’s website at: www.EasternState.org/halloween or call 888-763-NITE.